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I have a bittersweet relationship with social media. I use it unidirectionally; I don’t talk to people on those platforms, and we don’t post anything about our family for reasons I’m about to explain. However, we have more than twenty-five platforms, using them to teach people how to mature as Christians. This tension of using them and staying away from them is in my soul daily.
When I began this ministry in 2008, I did not foresee the soul-corruption of social media, the surveillance of influential organizations, or how I was creating an algorithmic version of myself on the internet. I was ignorant of all these things. Once we got over our infatuation with this new plaything, I began studying its effects on me and those who come to us for help. Here are five observations.
What are some of the effects? Short-term memory, soul noise, voyeurism, anger, growing dissatisfaction with life, and fear of the future. There are more adverse side effects, i.e., reduction of intimacy because of porn use, lack of desire to connect socially, an inability to work through conflict, and ignorance about the devastation of our souls while exporting all of these things generationally.
Rick launched the Life Over Coffee global training network in 2008 to bring hope and help for you and others by creating resources that spark conversations for transformation. His primary responsibilities are resource creation and leadership development, which he does through speaking, writing, podcasting, and educating.
In 1990 he earned a BA in Theology and, in 1991, a BS in Education. In 1993, he received his ordination into Christian ministry, and in 2000 he graduated with an MA in Counseling from The Master’s University. In 2006 he was recognized as a Fellow of the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC).